Naropa University - Master's Degree

Naropa describes itself as Buddhist-inspired, ecumenical and nonsectarian rather than Buddhist.It was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1988, making it the first Buddhist-inspired academic institution to receive United States regional accreditation.

  • Average Tuition USD 47,110

School Description

Naropa University was founded by Chögyam Trungpa, an exiled Tibetan tulku who was a Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineage holder. Trungpa entered the USA in 1970, established the Vajradhatu organization in 1973, and then in 1974, established Naropa Institute under the Nalanda Foundation.

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  • 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, USA

    Drama

    USD 25,560 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual, technical and practical knowledge of the elements of Drama. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the history of theatre; dramatic literature; dramatic styles; and the analysis of theatre plays. Students are also offered performance-focused courses in acting, musical theatre, costume design and stage management.

  • 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, USA

    Education

    USD 18,595 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the concepts of Education. The program offers courses that focus on the study of research, and administrative and support services related to learning and teaching.

  • 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, USA

    Environmental Studies

    USD 18,590 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Environmental Studies. The program offers courses that focus on renewable and non-renewable resources, ecosystems, pollution, and biodiversity.

  • 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, USA

    Journalism

    USD 24,745 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts and practical application of the fundamentals of Journalism. The program offers courses that focus on news writing and editing; reporting; photojournalism; layout and graphic design; journalism law and policy; professional standards and ethics; research methods; and journalism history and criticism.

  • 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, USA

    Occupational Therapy

    USD 25,272 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Occupational Therapy. The program offers courses that focus on the study of human development psychology, anatomy and physiology, physics, and kinesiology.

  • 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, USA

    Religious Education

    USD 22,570 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theological and practical knowledge of Religious Education. The program offers courses that focus on teaching the fundamentals of religion and different belief systems; doctrines; rituals; customs; rites; and religion in society.

  • 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, USA

    Theology

    USD 22,570 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts of Theology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of anthropology, philosophy and history in relation to God, nature and religion.

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    Established in 1974

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    As of 2008, contemplative education requirements include: All undergraduate students must select three semester hours of "Body-Mind Practice" such as taijiquan or African dance as well as three hours of "World Wisdom Traditions" which may include a religion course.

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          • Testimony
            2010, BA

            There aren't enough words or time to convey how crucial Naropa was to my development, both as a person and as a professional. For anyone looking to grow while learning to help others, this is it.

          • A
            2005-2009, BA

            My experience of Naropa University was that it was an amazing place to grow, explore my mind and the world, and discover a deep love for learning, meditation, and uplifting the world through my life. It is a place where you can be yourself, find wonderful teachers, transformative courses and genuine friendships.

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            1998-2000, MA

            Naropa University is a unique vision of education that has the potential to frustrate, but in the way that encourages development----this is because the work is personal, as it always is and will be and at Naropa that fact was never ignored. The grounding here is the environment of Buddhist meditation combined with the progressive and inclusive atmosphere. You can simultaneously critique the liberal/progressive agenda while being engaged within it. Your own personal capacity to deepen to the world is developed while learning the academic aspects---an integration of both head and heart. I remember once a professor saying that Naropa is on fire and in that fire it is so easy to get burned but more importantly it is a place to cook, bake, broil and grill the neurosis. I honesty don't know how creativity can be cultivated without an environment "on fire" with the spirit of transformation and change. I felt Naropa was a good bridge to walk one foot in the world and another in the ever deepening potential to experience one's Buddha-nature or essential spirit. It wasn't the easist of rides but I still look back at my time at Naropa as a huge component of my personal development and discernment to vocation. It was one of the greatest journeys in my formation.